Marilyn J. Djernes - November 21, 2012

Marilyn J. Djernes, 90, of Archer, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.
Funeral services will be held, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Archer Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Blanchard officiating. Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wagner Funeral Home in Central City. Burial will be in the Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.
Marilyn was born March 28, 1922 on a farm near Archer, to Charles H. and Emma Esther (Wegner) Retzlaff. She grew up in the Archer and Palmer areas and received her education at District 47 and 58 Country Schools. She graduated from Central City High School in 1940 and was salutatorian of her class.
She was united in marriage to Edgar Djernes on June 4, 1944 at her parents’ home near Palmer. They made their first home on a farm west of Marquette for 21 years. She attended Nebraska Central for two years and got her teachers training, and continued at Kearney State Teachers College and got her degree in 1964 graduating magna cum laude. Marilyn taught in some small county schools after marriage. Then she taught fourth and fifth grade and special education for 28 years in Central City.
Marilyn was a member of Archer Zion United Methodist Church and Archer Evangelical Cemetery Board. She was a member of the Loyal Workers Sunday School Class. She belonged to the Central City and Palmer Senior Citizens Centers, Lone Tree Quilt Guild, Lone Tree Readers Club, the Friendly Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Marilyn’s Club. She also played cards with the Tri-F Card Club.
Marilyn knew no strangers and she loved visiting with a wide circle of friends. After retirement, she and her husband Ed traveled to many different and interesting places. Marilyn was known for her storytelling. During the Christmas season she would gather up her ornaments and tell their stories to many local organizations. She enjoyed her flowers and her pets. She was an avid doll and book collector. She spent time doing cross stitching and embroidery, and she enjoyed reading. She also had a passion for crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynette and Dr. J.M. Goldberger of Saginaw, Mich.; and Carolyn and Michael Toughill of Vail, Colo., one grandson, Dory and Dr. Virginia Goldberger of Jacksonville, N.C., one great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Goldberger and one on the way, a sister-in-law, Carolyn Retzlaff of Grand Island, and nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edgar, in 2008; and two brothers, Oliver Retzlaff and August Retzlaff.
Memorials are suggested to Archer Zion Evangelical Community Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund and condolences may be sent to them at

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